Anderson father calls on district to fire teacher over Facebook comment

Levi Crusmire died after an ATV accident. (Provided by family)

ANDERSON, Ind. (WTHR) - An Anderson father is taking his grievance with a teacher to the school board.

Levi Crusmire lost his 15-year-old son, also named Levi, in an ATV accident last month. While he was grieving, he said a local teacher made a rude comment on Facebook about his loss. The post, which has since been delted, read, "Everybody grieves differently, I guess. We are more traditional and less white trash."

The school district tells Eyewitness News the teacher posted the comment to the wrong page and took it down immediately, but Crusmire said that's no excuse.

The father has since called on the school district to fire the teacher, but the superintendent said she's protected by her First Amendment rights. At a board meeting Tuesday night, Crusmire brought family and other supporters to force the district to address the issue, but the district said the teacher was given a two-week unpaid suspension, which she has already served. She has also been banned from the district's social media for a year.

“It’s a two-week vacation, paid or unpaid, a slap on the wrist essentially,” the younger Levi's mother, Ami, told our partners at the Herald Bulletin. “Basically, they made their decision before all this happened.”

Ami wiped away tears as supporters spoke at Tuesday's meeting and told the Herald Bulletin the teacher has never reached out to the family to apologize for the post.

“She has not reached out to me, and I am not hard to find. We all have social media, now,” she said.

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